Reviewed by Morgan
Title: For the Living
Author: L.A. Witt
Narrator: Charlie David
Heroes: Jay Warren/Scott Lawson
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 8 Hours, 4 minutes
Release Date: October 26, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: For the last year, Jay Warren has struggled to find the nerve to tell his wife he’s gay. He’s ashamed of hiding it all this time and he doesn’t want to hurt her, so every time he gets the chance to tell her, he freezes up. The guilt has been almost unbearable, but when his wife dies suddenly, Jay’s conscience threatens to eat him alive.
Funeral director Scott Lawson deals with the bereaved every day of his life, and he’s also all too familiar with the inside of the closet. He offers Jay some much-needed compassion and understanding, and from that connection comes a friendship that quickly—perhaps too quickly—turns into something more.
But are grief, guilt, and loneliness the only things tying them together? Or will Scott get tired of being used as an emotional crutch before Jay realizes what he has?
Review: This will be the third time I’ve read/listened to this story. I read it first and listened to it twice.
With each new pass, I find new things to appreciate about it. (And a couple things that just make me crazy!)
First, I am reminded that L.A. Witt is really gifted at giving us real characters who act in ways that feel authentic and she puts them in realistic situations. For some readers, this is really important as they want to resonate with the characters in their plights. For others, this is a disadvantage as they are looking for something more “fantastical” and less realistic.
Second, I was reminded again at how wonderful a narrator Charlie David is and how I wish he’d narrate more things! He’s got a gorgeous voice and is so easy to listen to. He’s great with emotions and timing and really draws the listener in to the story.
Third, I was reminded that L.A. is GREAT at writing hot sex scenes!
On the other side of the coin, I was reminded that I am not a fan of angst for angst sake. This story oozes with it. Jay is SO burdened by guilt, that even as the reader, I was feeling bad about him getting involved with someone else.
As a listener/reader I got a bit tired of the back and forth and hand wringing, but I think it was pretty realistic for the scenario. As a result, I felt like poor Scott got the raw end of the deal. Jay is in NO WAY ready for this relationship and I feel certain it wouldn’t have lasted as long as it did. Jay is a MESS and really needed some therapy before getting involved with anyone.
On a final note, since this is the audiobook we are talking about, I have to say I’m glad we’ve seemed to move away from music at the beginning of chapters. I didn’t care for the music and didn’t feel it added anything and it was a distraction.
I’ll give the story and 3 1/2 out of 5 stars because there is a lot to like, it’s not necessarily my taste, but that doesn’t make it a bad story.
I give Charlie David’s narration a 5 of 5 bringing the overall rating to 4.25 of 5 stars.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*